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Faculty and Staff



Dr. Irma Farfan-Cobb, Chair                                                      

Professor of Spanish at Southern University since1997.
358 TT Allain
Office Phone (225) 771-3030
Ed. D in Higher Education, Oklahoma State University                                            

Dr. Fatima Chajia

Assistant Professor of French
326 A. T.T. AllainOffice Phone: (225) 771-2997
Ph.D. in Education, Louisiana State University
M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, Louisiana State University


Dr. Carmen Del Rio

Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American & Hispanic Literatures and Cultures.

326 B. T.T. Allain Hall
Office Phone: (225) 771-2431
Ph.D:  The University of Texas at Austin
Fields of Research & Interest:
        Latin American Literatures and Cultures
        Spanish (Spain)Literatures and Cultures
        Latino/a Literature in USA
        Women & Gender Studies

Dr. del Rio is also the SUBR Coordinator of the National Student Exchange Program

BIO:  Dr. del Rio received her M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Texas at Austin in Latin American and Spanish Literatures and Language & Cultural Studies.  Her second concentration was in Literary Theory and Criticism and Philosophy.  She has published a book on Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges and many articles on Latin American narrative fiction.  She has also published in the field of Latina Studies in the USA.

Phillip Elliott

Professor of Spanish
335 T. T. Allain
Office Phone : (225)-771-5801

Background Information:

PhD 1995 University of Arizona Second Language Acquisition and Teaching
MA 1988 University of North Texas Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
MA 1985 University of Kentucky Spanish

Courses Taught:

An Introduction to TESOL
Beginning Chinese
Intermediate and Advanced Spanish Language
Freshman English Composition

Dr. Linda E. Lassiter,

Dr. Lassiter is a Professor of  French and Spanish. She obtained the Ph.D. in Education from the University of Mississippi, and has done postdoctoral research at Educational Testing Service and was a Mellon fellow Johns Hopkins University.  Her research interests include Affective Variables in Language Learning  and the Foreign Language Profession.  Dr. Lassiter serves as the Supervisor of Fulbright Language Teaching Assistantship Program, and is sponsor of Alpha Mu Gamma, the national collegiate foreign language honor society.

Office: 359 T. T. Allain
Phone: (225)771-2147


Dr. Thomas Miller

Associate Professor of French and German
356 T.T. Allain
Office Phone: (225) 771-3030

Ph.D. French Literature, Louisiana State University


FLTAs (Fulbright Language Teaching Assistantship Program:

Sponsored by Department of State and Institute of International Education
FLTAs are language teachers-scholars who teach their native language at Southern, and enroll in courses themselves at the university.  They are "cultural ambassadors" who share their language and culture to the university and the neighboring community through language classes, language tables, lectures, and presentations.